The Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Inquest Report



Kim Duncan's visit

In July 1994 Dr. Kim Duncan visited Winnipeg and met with Youngson, Giddins and several of the perfusionists. He recalled that they spoke to him of the tensions within the program. Following those discussions, he met with Dr. Helmut Unruh, the acting section head of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. Duncan testified that:

My comments to Helmut Unruh were, was there any way, or was it possible for him to observe, or possible for somebody else to observe or participate in order to see if there were, in fact, problems. I didn't-

Q. You asked Helmut if it was possible-

A. My comment to him was, if you have four people, who I think are quite credible people, saying there are some difficulties in the operating room, then there is probably at least reason for somebody to look into it. (Evidence, page 30,595)

Unruh testified that he could not recall the details of this conversation. Duncan also spoke with Odim. The two men agreed that the program should be serviced by a small number of anaesthetists. However, Odim left Duncan with the impression that he felt the program was running well.



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Section 1 Chapter 1 - Introduction to the Issues
  Chapter 2 - Pediatric Cardiac Issues
  Chapter 3 - The Diagnosis of Pediatric Heart Defects and their Surgical Treatment
  Chapter 4 - The Health Sciences Centre
Section 2 Chapter 5 - Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Winnipeg 1950-1993
  Chapter 6 - The Restart of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in 1994
January 1, 1994 to May 17, 1994
  Chapter 7 - The Slowdown
May 17 to September 1994
  Chapter 8 - Events Leading to the Suspension of the Program
September 7, 1994 to December 23, 1994
  Chapter 9 - 1995 - The Aftermath of the Shutdown
January to March, 1995
Section 3 Chapter 10 - Findings and Recommendations
Appendix 1 - Glossary of terms used in this report
Appendix 2 - Parties to the Proceedings and counsel
Appendix 3 - List of witnesses and dates of testimony
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